Saturday, May 28, 2011

Miami Heat ticket prices likely to bounce around

If you want to attend Game One or Game Two of the NBA Finals, the hottest sports ticket in years in South Florida, here's how to do it:

Have a friend who is a season ticket holder.

Convince that friend to sell you his or her tickets at more or less face value.

It worked for Glen Levine, a Fort Lauderdale attorney. He scored two lower-level passes to Thursday's Game 2 at $1,000 a pop.

"We're paying for tickets, and it's the playoffs, so they might as well be good seats," he said. "It's a great atmosphere, and a lot of fun."

If you don't have that kind of friend, it's a Lord of the Flies-type situation, a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for a scarce and coveted commodity.

At 1 p.m. Friday, the Heat put an unspecified number of tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, including some as cheap as $20, as required by the NBA. They were gone in a flash.

Ed Silva, a Lantana resident, and his brother Jim jumped into their car Friday morning and drove down to the AmericanAirlines Arena, thinking you could walk up to the window and latch onto a pair just like that. Ha!

The Celtics fans, who say they'll cheer for the Heat against the Dallas Mavericks, left bummed out and empty-handed.

The ticket-buying scene has shifted to the so-called secondary market: StubHub, Bargainseatsonline and their ilk.

Back in 2006, the last time the Heat was in the Finals, the secondary market wasn't such a big deal. Now, every John Q. Fan is doing it.



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